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4B Wednesday, Oct: 22, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter W and ORDER CHP REPORT The following incidents are submitted by Quincy CHP as a ten ta rive summary peding the conclusion of the investigation(s). Correction In last week's CHP report, it was incorrectly reported that Lowell Stringfellow failed to yield the right of way during an Oct. 4 accident. However, according to the accident report, Stringfellow had the right of way and did not cause the accident. Feather Publishing regrets the error. hand turn into a driveway. He had activated the motorcycle's blinker. Zmak failed to observe Lopez had stopped in the lane preparing to turn. She abruptly turned her vehicle into the eastbound lane to avoid a collision but was unable to do so and struck the motorcycle. The collision ejected both passengers from the motorcycle and into the lane of traffic. Both of them" sustained major injuries. The cause of the collision is still under investigation. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor. Highway 89, south of Sierraville, Oct. 10 At approximately 3:15 p.m., Sandra Simon, 60, of Sonoma, was driving her 2010 Toyota Camry northbound approaching Sierravllle at an unknown speed. She allowed her vehicle to veer off of the roadway and collided with a wood and metal guardrall. According to the CHP report, Simon was contacted at the scene and subsequently arrested for driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. There were no injuries sustained. The cause of this accident is still under investigation. Highway 70, east of Portola, Oct. 11 Catherine Zmak, 79, of Portola was driving her 2004 Buick Park Avenue westbound at a speed of approximately 45 mph. Zmak was directly to the rear of Arthur Lopez, 61, and Stephanie Lopez, 58, both of Truckee, who were riding their 1992 Harley Davidson. At about I p.m. Lopez slowed and prepared to make a left Northbound Highway 395, Oct. 13 Beckwourth Caltrans was conducting a highway maintenance shoulder project at MPM 2.00 in Sierra County. Caltrans was operating a John Deer tractor with an attached mowing unit on the west shoulder of the northbound lanes of Highway 395. At about 9:30 a.m. Fredrick Meier, 48, of Carmichael was driving his 2007 Toyota tundra pickup northbound in the second lane at a-stated speed of 50 mph. As Meier's Toyota traveled past the mower, the operating mower blades picked up a piece of plastic within the sagebrush on the shoulder. The plastic became airborne traveling in an easterly direction, and struck the Toyota's hood. Meier pulled over just past the construction zone and was contacted by Caltrans and a CHP unit that was on scene assisting with the maintenance project. No injuries were sustained. Professional Delivery Builder/Developer Prescribed burning to start on Lassen Forest Area residents and visitors to the Lassen National Forest will likely notice some smoke in the air as the fall season progresses. That's because changing weather conditions that provide for safe and efficient burning mean prescribed burning programs will get underway. Prescribed burning projects will be implemented when air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and direction, and fuel moisture are in the desired range, or within the "prescription." Also, implementation of any project is subject to having sufficient personnel available. Objectives of prescribed burning are as follows: --Reduce hazardous fuels (dead and fallen trees, dead branches and brush) that can feed catastrophic wildfires. --Restore fire-resilient forests by reintroducing fire to ecosystems, thereby helping to return the landscape to one that more closely mimics the natural fire regime. --Improve ecological services via the nutrients released back into the soil from consumed fuels, thereby leading to greater understory productivity and more forage for wildlife. Prescribed fires are also used to help create defensible fuel profile zones. These are areas where a combination of thinning and prescribed fire treatments is used to reduce surface, ladder and canopy fuels. Removal of the highly flammable vegetation helps reduce fire intensity and fire severity. Research has shown that the combination of thinning and burning done during prescribed treatments helps in defending surrounding communities against fire. Precautions will be taken to minimize the amount of smoke in the air during prescribed burning. First, burning will take place on permissible burn days. Second, the forest will coordinate with other public agencies and industrial landowners in the areas surrounding the burn locations to help limit the smoke present in the air at any given time. Area residents and visitors can expect to see fire equipment and activity associated with the following projects on the three districts of the Lassen National Forest. Eagle Lake Ranger District The Eagle Lake Ranger District is preparing to implement its fall prescribed fire program. Prescribed burning will begin when weather conditions allow for safe and efficient burning, perhaps as early as October and continuing through December. Understory burning within the district's network of DFPZs, as well as area treatments, could occur in the following locations: --Pegleg Mountain area (220 acres). --Bidwell Springs area (125 acres). --Logan Mountain area (125 acres). --Dow Butte (300 acres). Dow Butte is the only project area located within 10 miles of a community (approximately 6 miles north of Spaulding). Depending on weather conditions during the prescribed burning, smoke could be visible from Susanvllle, the Eagle Lake Basin, highways 44 and 139, and county roads A1 and A21. In addition to these treatments, approximately 340 acres of landing piles and 54 acres of hand piles could be burned across the district once significant rain or snowfall has occurred. Almanor Ranger District The Almanor Ranger District is planning on implementing three prescribed fire underburning projects this fall, weather permitting. West Dusty project: App]roximately 40 acres in nort!hern Plumas County. Prescribed fire will be implemented in previously harvested timber units with the purpose of maintaining a DFPZ. The project area is 10 miles northwest of Chester. Because of air quality concerns, this burn could take up to two days of ignition to complete. Implementation will begin in October or November and will be dependent on conditions being favorable for meeting objectives and lifting the smoke up and out of the Almanor Basin. Cold Springs project: Approximately 200 acres, located in eastern Tehama County 12 miles north/northeast of the community of Cohasset, 5 miles west of Butte Meadows and 15 miles'due north of Forest Ranch. Burning is planned for an area along the H-Line Fuel Break, which was constructed cooperatively with Sierra Pacific Industries and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The portion of the fuel break where the prescribed burn will be implemented is a second entry thin-by-fire prescription, and this is one stage of moving these units toward a desired fuel loading condition and maintenance for the fuel break. Implementation of the Cold Springs underburn project could occur from October through May 2015. Smoke from this project will likely be visible from the Central Valley (Chico, etc.). Bobcat Jackpot project: 92 acres of jackpot underbuming in northern Plumas County. Prescribed fire will be implemented in recently helicopter-salvaged units that burned during the 2012 Chips Fire. The purpose is to underburn recently felled small-diameter snags to open up areas for tree planting, which is scheduled for spring 2015. Because of air quality concerns, this burn could take up to five days of ignition to complete. Implementation is planned for October or November and is dependent on conditions being favorable for meeting objectives and lifting the smoke up and out of the Almanor Basin, including West Shore, Prattville and Big Meadows. Hat Creek Ranger District The Hat Creek Ranger District has plans this fall for : prescribed pile burning and : understory burning. Burning of both machine : and hand piles, totaling approximately 1,200 acres, will l be conducted in multiple areas; including the following: --Old Station wildland-urban interface. --Four Comers. --Mud Lake. --Ashpan Butte. --Leap and Legume timber sales areas. --Bear Wallow. --Reading Fire. --South Station (Station 4 timber sale). Prescribed underburning will take place mostly within the Eastside Underburn Environmental Assessment area. The main areas of focus will be the Mountain Home area, followed by the Plum Valley area. If time and conditions permit, underburning will also occur in units in the Halls Flat area. A total of approximately 1,500 acres of underburning could be completed on the Hat Creek Ranger District. The only community that could potentially be affected by Hat Creek's burning is Old Station. The district plans to minimize impacts by controlling the number of piles burned each day and conducting burns when conditions are favorable. Some prescribed burn operations could be visible from Highway 44 and/or Highway 89. For more information regarding prescribed burning on the Lassen National Forest, contact the following personnel: --Eagle Lake Ranger District: Fuels Officer Chuck Lewis, 257-4188. --Almanor Ranger District: Fuels Officer Jeff St. Clair, 258-2141. --Hat Creek Ranger District: Fuels Officer Dale Newby or District Fire Management Officer Debbie Mayer, 336-5521. PAID POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT Putting Students First "If elected, I vow to remain focused on putting students first. The board needs someone with experience and who understands the challenges that lie ahead. I am ready and willing to turn the challenges into opportunities." Experiences that have helped prepare me to serve on the school board: I have been an involved parent in my child's education in Plurnas Unified Schools for six years. I have been a regular classroom and community volunteer and PTA member. I served as chair of the Chester/Lake Almanor 7-11 committee, one of four committees established in each of the major Plumas communities to examine school facilities and district operations. The Plumas County Grand Jury praised the work of these groups saying they "took on a huge task and did an incredible job." Last year I served on the Budget Austerity committee established by the superintendent to make recommendations to the school district on how to improve district fiscal management and balance the budget. Serving on Budget Austerity Committee and as chair of the 7-11 Committee provided me with firsthand knowledge of the inner workings of the district. This will help me, as a board member, to plan for student and district needs and help avoid crises decision-making. I have been a resident of Plumas County for 14 years with family roots for over 50 years. I direct an organization with an average 7 million dollar annual budget that includes managing both federal and state funding streams. I understand that school district budgets are different from other enterprises, but my experience in managing budgets is a great strength. Here is a partial list of the hundreds of people who support Traci Betty Bishop Alicia Herrbach David Price Cathy Browning Arlie Holland Florence Price Jerry Browning John Holland Garn Pringle Susan Bryner Kacie Holland Rachelle Ramelli Michael Chelotti Kelly Holt Jeff Ray Angle Clark Rebecca Huston Sally Rice Steve Clark Bridget Isham Gina Richer Jan Davies Jeffrey Kepple Steve Richer Kitty DeWitt Jonathan Kusel Aaron Seandel Steve DeWitt Rick Leonhardt Dana Seandel Jeff Dillard Greg Mclntire Arnold Selk Trudi Dillard Guy McNett Dennis Simpson Sharon Geney Brenda Morgan LaVeme Slmte Gretchen Hagwood Ross Morgan Dana Ware Joe Hagwood Tim O'Brien Marie White Cindy Harrell Dwight Pierson Lisa Wilson Vote for Traci Holt "The Right Choice" Paid for by Committee to elect Traci Holt for PUSD Board of Trustees 2014